The Aseto’ne Network Project is a broad multi-institutional initiative designed to coordinate outreach, education and mentoring services provided by the nation’s 36 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). This initiative is a collaboration between AIHEC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). In the Cheyenne language Aseto’ne refers to the context of growth and taking first steps. Thus, our project will provide the necessary steps and support infrastructure to guide students into research careers and a brighter future. The project partners will establish and promote interest and engagement in bio-medical research among students attending tribal colleges. The project will establish a networked community of faculty and students involved in activities that develop students’ academic and research-specific skills and promote an understanding of what is required to be a successful researcher. Most important, the project will reinforce in students the confidence in their ability to pursue a successful career research. The project has three aims that include outreach, mentoring and academic enhancement and personal development.
TCU Conclave: Embedding Behavioral Health/Health-Related Research Knowledge & Skills into the Curriculum
The Tribal Colleges and Universities recognize the importance of Native communities seeking answers to their health-related concerns. They also value their role in developing researchers in health-related research disciplines to seek answers.
The Aseto’ne Institute is an AIHEC-led online project designed specifically for TCU students to learn about vitally-needed health research career opportunities. AIHEC is partnering with key medical schools in this unique program which offers personal development, education, and research opportunities. The program curriculum is centered around health and biomedical research both in academia and as a profession. Students will also learn about general research techniques. The Virtual Institute will be delivered on the PRAXIS AI Platform. This is where students will meet, engage, and interact with research faculty and other partners though presentations, workshops, and activities.
All students are eligible to apply
2.5+ cumulative GPA
Application for the Aseto'ne Virtual Institute for TCU Students:
Link to Apply
Twenty-five seats are available. Tribal College students will have preference
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Please note: use the code summer21 when promoted for an access code.
- Carrie Billy, Co-Principle Investigator/President & CEO, AIHEC
- Dr. Maurice Godfrey, Co-Principle Investigator, UNMC
- Reno Charette, Project Director, AIHEC
- Maggie Grandon, Project Assistant, AIHEC
Aseto'ne Webinar Series
The Aseto'ne Network Project Webinar Series is for TCU students who want to learn more about various topics related to biomedical and health research, academic programs and careers. We are pleased to provide previous webinars to be utilized by TCU students, faculty and staff as an educational and/or informational resource. The webinars will be available for a limited time on this page. Any questions can be directed to Project Director Reno Charette
Environmental issues of Coal and Economic Development for the Northern Cheyenne and Other Tribal Nations
Corey Welch, PhD, Northern Cheyenne, is currently director of the STEM Scholars Program at Iowa State University and also currently serves on the SACNAS Board of Directors. Dr. Welch is committed to assisting students interested in STEM. He has his doctorate in biology and has conducted research and taught courses on environmental issues.
Pathway to the PhD: From Academics to Health Research to Professional Career
Dr. Anitra Warrior is Ponca and a licensed psychologist. She attended Little Priest Community College in Nebraska and after graduation attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received her BA in psychology and MA and PhD in counseling psychology. She is very connected to her culture and tribal community and strives to create a system of care that promotes holistic healing.
Insights into Graduate School and the Brain-Specific Scaffold Protein Sh2B1 and Its Rare-Obesity –Associated Variants
Dr. Ray Joe, Navajo, completed his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of New Mexico. He obtained a PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan where he continues to research the mechanisms of the obesity-associated adaptor protein SH2B1 in neurons responsible for feeding behavior. As a scientist, he hopes to bring scientific concepts and cultural awareness together on the Navajo reservation to enhance the health and prosperity of his tribe and community.
Sacred Wisdom: A Psychosocial Approach to Research in the Health Sciences
Tommy K. Begay, PhD, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, shares neurophysiological impact of adverse childhood experiences and the body's potential for wellness, healing and resilience, utilizing Sacred Wisdom and psychosocial health.
Impact of Unresolved Trauma in Indian Health and Higher Education
Donald Warne, MD, MPH, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe in Pine Ridge, SD, is director of Indians into Medicine; associate dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Presentation
Native American Undergraduates Explore Careers in Biomedical Research
The Aseto’ne Network Project Summer Institute, a collaboration between AIHEC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is a multi-institutional initiative designed to expand health research outreach, education and mentoring services at the nation’s 35 accredited TCUs. Indian Country Today
AIHEC Research Committee
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Alexandria, VA 22314
Reno Charette, Project Director